Things at the CHF Family House haven’t slowed down after last month’s ribbon cutting and grand opening.
Last week, we felt blessed to welcome the CHF Family House’s first overnight guests. This family has traveled more than 500 miles to celebrate their loved one’s 16th birthday, who is in the hospital with a life-threatening illness. With COVID-19-related restrictions, these family members are not able to visit the hospital at all. But sadly, serious illnesses don’t wait for COVID. It is imperative that this family be able to spend precious time together.
So, the CHF Family House became their gathering place to create new memories and share meaningful moments with their patient. As our guests looked around the house, they expressed their pleasant surprise at how homey and comfortable the house felt for them and shared their gratitude for having a welcoming place to stay on their visit.
Pictured Left: The first CHF Family House Family looks around. Pictured Right: CHF Hispanic Outreach Specialist, Sofia, hands over the Family House key to our guests.
This type of support system for families battling life-threatening childhood illnesses is exactly what we created the CHF Family House to do. And like everything we do, it only comes together through the power of our awesome volunteers and donors.
To prepare for the arrival of the first overnight visitors to the Family House, a group of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to complete all of the final cleaning and finishing touches in the house. Below, you see volunteer Charity Nelson stocking helpful items that families will have at their disposal when they live in our Family House.
And, we were giddy with delight when an unexpected donation of two convertible cribs landed in our hands. This donation makes safe and comfortable bedding available in both front bedrooms for children of all sizes!
We are grateful to be able to welcome the first family to the CHF Family House! And we appreciate all of you who have made donations and rolled up your sleeves to make the home possible.
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